Monday seemed to be filled with more bad news than good for teams all across the NCAA.
Maurice Watson, Jr. went down with a knee injury Monday afternoon in the Creighton Bluejays’ win over the Xavier Musketeers. It’s feared that he may have a torn meniscus, and could miss the rest of the 2016-17 season, depending on the severity of the injury.
In the ACC, the Louisville Cardinals announced that Quentin Snider would miss two-to-three weeks with a strained hip flexor.
Two big losses for two teams who could very well contend for a national title this season. While Snider will be back in plenty of time before March, it’ll be interesting to see how both teams adapt moving forwards.
On the West Coast, one team got some good news about their future.
Rodney Terry and the Fresno State Bulldogs learned that guard New Williams has committed to the program, after transferring earlier in the year from the Auburn Tigers.
Back in mid-December, on a day where the Tigers tied the SEC record for three pointers made in a game against the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers in a 45-point win, sophomore guard New Williams received his release from the program and announced he was transferring.
The sophomore guard from Inglewood, CA did not suit up for the Tigers in 2016-17 prior to his transfer, finding himself at the bottom of the list in terms of rotation players for Auburn. He averaged 0.9 points and 0.8 rebounds per game during his freshman season, which was riddled with injuries.
Out of high school, Williams did not receive a scholarship from the Bulldogs, and ultimately chose Auburn over the likes of the Oregon Ducks and Louisville Cardinals.
The 6’2” guard will return to his home state and be a part of the Bulldogs’ roster in 2017-18. With the likes of forward Karachi Edo and guard Cullen Russo on their way out after this season, Williams could finally get the opportunity he didn’t get with the Tigers.
– T. Bennett